Progress towards a revision of the Constitution by the governing Liberal Democratic Party gained momentum after the party and its coalition members secured a two thirds majority in both houses of the parliament following upper house elections. There were fears that the revision could curtail human rights guarantees. Several municipalities and large corporations took measures to acknowledge same-sex unions in a context of pervasive discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. Executions of prisoners on death row continued.
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